Wickhambrook Local History Society

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Wickhambrook Local History Society Reports

mAY 2013 :  Mid-Suffolk Light Railway

In May, John Stark form the Mid Suffolk Light Railway came to talk to us about the history and restoration of this railway known as the Middy or the' railway to nowhere.'

It was built in 1904 as a' coal in , crops out' line to link the isolated centre of this county to the rest of the world.The line was never completed and ended up with rails stopping in the middle of a field. it was bankrupt almost from the beginning, but struggled on for fifty years, making a great impression on all who used it.

We enjoyed John's slides of the early days of steam including day trips from Brockford to Haughley - it was the train journey that was exciting, not the destination! In 1991 a group of enthusiasts started the mammoth task of restoring parts of the line and some of the buildings.

Garden sheds and henhouses in Mendlesham and other villages roundabout were reclaimed as original station buildings and now Brockford has a station amd Museum and track where steam trains are run throughout the year. John's talk inspired many of the members to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the sight, sound and smell of the great days of steam. Do take a look at the website www.mslr.org.uk

The Society now has two summer outings to look forward to. 

On Wednesday 19th June we have a trip to Lavenham Little Hall leaving Wickhambrook at 1pm, cost to members is £3.

In July we visit Clare for a tour with Jane Helliwell followed by tea and cakes at Cafe Clare. This is on Wednesday 17th, leaving Wickhambrook at 6pm and the cost is £2, plus £6 for 'unlimited 'cake and coffee or tea.

Visitors are always welcome. Check the village website, look out for posters, or call Gillian on 01440 820052

Events and News

Tuesday 17th October
On Tuesday 17th October at 7.30pm in the WI Hall when Dr Nick Amor will talk on 'The Suffolk Clothier in the time of Henry VII.'. All welcome. Look out for posters or check the village website.


 

Baileys of Wickhambrook

This poem was given to Dorothy by one of our members and is to be included in a book later this year
Poem | Baileys of Wickhambrook

Wickhambrook Parish Records

The Wickhambrook Parish Records are currently being digitised and updated.  If you have any information you may be able to add or help fill in some of the gaps, please contact Paul Saunders.

View the Parish Records document here

Photos and Press Cuttings

We have had some fascinating photos and press cuttings sent to us which you can see by having a look at the pdf group images in the gallery

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Dorothy Anderson is awarded a Diamond Champion - read more here

Short Straw by Jennifer Bell

At the launch party at The Cherry Tree on 20th September, Jenny Bell told us how she had found diaries and notes written by her father-in- law Frances Bell and realised that this would make a wonderful book. It has taken her several years to produce but the finished volume makes fascinating reading for the people of Wickhambrook and Stradishall. Frances was the younger brother of Adrian Bell, the well-known writer of Corduroy, Silverley and The Cherry Tree among others. His books were very popular in the thirties and forties for their depiction of farming life in East Anglia. Frances went off to Argentina when a young man and learned much about land use and farming there before returning to this area where he worked for the charismatic fruit grower Justin Brooke, a major employer in the area. He ended up running the fruit growing side of the business, marrying and bringing up a family here, before differences between him and his employer caused him to leave and try his ideas elsewhere in the region. The book is much more than just a farming memoir. Frances was a real character, very popular with the men who worked for him,and enjoyed a glass of beer and played the accordion. It was lovely to see so many former employees of the Brooke empire at Clopton Hall chatting and reminiscing with members of the Bell family. Martin Bell ,the journalist, who is a cousin of the author's husband, has written an introduction to the book and he spoke at the book launch too. The Cherry Tree pub, former home of the Bells, laid on a lovely teatime spread. The book is available in local bookshops or from Larks Press, Ordnance Farmhouse,Guist Bottom, Dereham NR20 5PF for £10 and is an excellent read.

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Our Committee

For information about the Society or events please contact either the Secretary or Events Secretary.

The main committee is as follows:


Chairman Dorothy Anderson
01440 820376
Secretary &
Events Secretary
Gillian Cooper
01440 820052
Treasurer Pam Miller
01440 820696

Members Information

Membership costs £8 per year payable in April  plus 50p for each meeting.

Guests are always very welcome - £2 per occasion.

Meetings held at 7.30pm in the W.I. Hall.

Library - The library is now all set up at the Primary School. Please let us know your views on this. (Little Bradley trip - we have bought Wendy Barnes' book for the library).

Adobe pdf document Discover the Paintings you Own - The Hidden Heritage of Suffolk Revealed by the Public Catalogue Foundation

and now for some interesting Historical Facts from the 1500's ...

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Useful links and information

 

link Suffolk Observatory

link Suffolk Family History Society

link Suffolk Local History Council

link Suffolk Surnames - Information, help and advice for anyone researching their Suffolk Roots

link I have had a letter from the East Anglian Film Archive with details of DVDs which may be of interest to you. You can look online at archivefilmshop.co.uk and type HISTSOC into the discount box. Their Phone no. is 01603 251744. Please tell them which Hist Soc you belong to when you call (Dorothy)

link Many will know that The National Archives gives regular talks on various aspects of family history at the PRO in Kew. Less well known is that they're now available to replay online. Very easy to listen to, providing you've got broadband.

link The Family and Community Historical Research Society

link The Archive CD Books Project

link Doctors who practised in Wickhambrook up until 1900 - Suffolk Medical Biographies website - type in 'Wickhambrook' in the 'place of practice' box and then 'search'.